Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Like Dinosaur Jr said, Sybok feels the pain of everyone and then he feels nothing! The Final Frontier is the directorial debut of William Shatner and a movie that is not highly regarded by neither fans nor critics. Featuring tubby actors, odd tonal shifts, and gods at the center of the galaxy, it’s a movie that feels unlike anything that has come before it (except for Dune). But is it really that bad? Clay and I discuss the fifth movie in the TOS lineage, and we break down erotic dances, jet powered boots, and movies that don’t know what they’re talking about!

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV: A Whale of a Time! The final part of the film trilogy that started back in The Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home certainly feels different from what has come before. Featuring no real villain, our heroes instead go back in time to find an extinct species of whale that will be able to save Earth in the 23rd century. Light hearted and comfortable, it’s a nice change of pace from the drama heavy Khan and Search for Spock: but is it any good? Clay and I discuss plots that sound absurd, the best scene so far, and Scotty the comedian!

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

You knew he wouldn’t stay dead, right? In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Kirk and company hijack the Enterprise in order to return to the Genesis planet and reunite Spock’s soul with his body. The middle film in the trilogy that spans from Khan to The Voyage Home, The Search for Spock is also Leonard Nimoy’s directorial debut! Can it hold on to the energy and pacing of Khan? Does does it slide back into the passive drone of The Motion Picture? Clay and I discuss bad action scenes, Klingons as we know them now, and the new version of Saavik!

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

KHHHAAAAAAAAAANNNN!! When Kirk’s old nemesis returns with vengeance in his heart, the aging admiral must confront his fear of aging and death in order to save the Federation from the genetically engineered mad man! Clay joins me to discuss The Wrath of Khan, which is frequently thought to be the best Star Trek film. Does it hold up? Does it honor the sublime memory of The Motion Picture? Are the space battles really that bad? We also discuss reboots that remake, the new naval aesthetic, and underselling important scenes.

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Clay and Wes discuss Star Trek: The Motion Picture! When an hostile cloud creature enters Federation territory, Admiral James T. Kirk takes back command of the Enterprise in order to save the day. A polarizing film, The Motion Picture is long, beige, and surreal. But it’s also fascinating and sometimes incredible! Clay and Wes discuss scope in film, transporter accidents, and pans for days!

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TOS Series Wrap Up

We made it to the end of our TOS podcasts! TOS has had some ups and downs, and Wes details his thoughts about how he feels about the first Star Trek series in this podcast. Which season was the best? Which characters shine, and which fade away? Does TOS hold up? All this, and more!

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Turnabout Intruder – Ft. Clay

“This is a man’s world… but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl.” Turnabout Intruder is the last episode of TOS, and thus the last TOS episode that this podcast will be covering! Clay joins me to discuss and episode that features body swapping and gender politics, with a healthy dose of people not doing the obvious thing. We also cover women as captains, pointless doctors, and where we stand on TOS!

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The Empath – Ft. Modi Operandus

When Kirk and crew are threatened with torture by their alien captors, a mute empath might be the key to their escape. But will the empath be able to lead them out of their darkened room? “The Empath” features yet another alien judgement, but this time it’s not humans who need to defend themselves! Modi stops by to discuss the many types of bad episodes, memorable torture, and saviors with limited capabilities!

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Plato’s Stepchildren – Ft. Modi Operandus

The ancient Greeks: philosophers, artists, and… space aliens? When the Enterprise discovers a planet of immortal telepaths who have based their lifestyle on the teaching of Plato, Kirk must figure out a way to not kiss a woman! Modi stops by to discuss the infamous Plato’s Stepchildren, which is an episode known for a kiss but should be known for so much more. We discuss actors going whole hog, special effects limitations, and “little surprises”!

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Spectre of the Gun – Ft. Clay

Skin that smokewagon! When Kirk and company are thrown into an alien version of the Wild West, they have to figure out how to survive a gunfight against some legendary gunslingers. Clay joins me to discuss the surreal Spectre of the Gun, an episode that features the (temporary) death of Chekov! We also discuss The Prisoner, writing without an outline, and needless drop kicks!

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Spock’s Brain – Ft. Clay & Sean

When an alien steals Spock’s brain, it’s up to Kirk, Bones, and RC Spock to get it back! Considered to be one of the worst TOS episodes, Spock’s Brain is a fascinating episode that doesn’t do anything well. But is it as bad as everyone says? Clay and Sean join me to discuss gender roles in alien societies, why certain concepts seem goofy, and melodramatic surgery!

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A Private Little War – Ft. Modi Operandus

The Garden of Eden is no place for an arms race! When Kirk returns to a planet that he visited long ago, he discovers that things are not how he remembers them. The Klingons have created an arms race by arming different tribes with flintlocks! Will this planet have its own Vietnam War? Or will the crazy monkey creatures kill everyone first? Modi stops by to discuss serpents in the garden, the only gang bang/attempted rape scene in Trek history (sorry, Tasha), and episodes that end abruptly!

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A Piece of the Action – Ft. Mark

Yeah, see, we got deez heaters, see? When the Enterprise stumbles across a planet that has modeled itself after 1920’s Chicago, Kirk must find a way to get a “piece of the action” before it’s too late! Armed with tommy guns and zoot suits, can Kirk, Spock and McCoy figure out a way to get a cut or will the gangsters make them sleep with the fishies? Mark joins me to discuss Gilligan’s Island, action as a currency, and TNG’s “The Royale”!

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The Trouble with Tribbles – Ft. Clay

The Federation and the Klingon Empire might have an uneasy alliance, but that doesn’t mean they can simply share a vacation spot together! Into this tense conflict come the Tribbles, a species of furry, purring, lovable little hairballs that can only do two things: eat and reproduce. The Trouble with Tribbles is an iconic episode that is frequently listed as one of TOS’ best hours. So what do we think? Clay joins me to discuss Klingons as double agents, planets named after a guy named Sherman, and saying the same line twice!

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Journey to Babel – Ft. Mark

Meet the Sareks! The Enterprise picks up a Vulcan ambassador for negotitations about some space business, and boy are we surprised to find out it’s Spock’s father, Sarek! Mark stops by to break down the first appearance of Sarek, a character who holds an important place in Trek lore. We discuss Vulcan logic, plot lines that are all over the place, and the weirdness of a human mother!

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The Doomsday Machine – Ft. Clay

When the Enterprise encounters a planet destroying weapon of unknown origin, they face strife from within as a desperate commodore seizes control of the ship in order to seek vengeance on the weapon that killed his crew! Clay stops by to discuss Lovecraftian evil, the difference between a captain and a commodore, and cold as ice Spock one-liners!

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Mirror, Mirror – Ft. Modi Operandus

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most dangerous of them all? When a transporter accident sends Kirk, Scotty, Bones and Uhura to another dimension, they find that not all universes are created equal! The Mirror Universe is introduced in this episode, and it would go on to be a barbaric and iconic setting for TOS, DS9 and ENT. Modi stops by to discuss evil goatees, being a captain’s woman, and same Spock, different place!

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Amok Time – Ft. Amy

When Spock under goes the ancient Vulcan ritual of pon farr, he is drawn back to Vulcan to complete his marriage… and hopefully get laid! Amy joins me to discuss the iconic “Amok Time”, which delivers a tremendous amount of information about the Vulcans and their culture. We also discuss helmets instead of ears, the friendship of Spock and Kirk, and why you can’t leave Nurse Chapl hanging!

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SPECIAL: The City on the Edge of Forever – Comic vs Episode

In this special episode, Wes and Clay discuss the differences between The City on the Edge of Forever television episode, and the original story treatment which was redone as a comic book! Does either version have the edge? Are they too similar or drastically different? All this and more!

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The City on the Edge of Forever – Ft. Clay

A few days removed from the Alternative Factor, Clay and I return to discuss The City on the Edge of Forever, which is frequently cited as one of TOS’ best episodes. Kirk and Spock travel back in time, and Kirk is forced to make a decision that will determine the course of human history! What do we think about it all? Clay and I discuss weird first acts, using racism to justify crime, and the needs of one versus the needs of the many!

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The Alternative Factor – Ft. Clay

When the universe blinks out existence, Kirk and the Enterprise discover a man with a wild beard who’s claiming to be chased by a monster from another dimension. Then, we have a bunch of slow motion fight scenes filmed in negative, and wild beard man falls off a bunch of cliffs! The Alternative Factor is considered to be one of the worst episodes of TOS. Is it? Clay joins me to discuss beard inconsistency, the exact number of Lazaruses, and Jetsons spaceships!

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Errand of Mercy – Ft. Mark

Introducing… the Klingons! Errand of Mercy is most widely known as the first appearance of Klingons in Star Trek, but it also brings a slew of topics to the table: powerful god-like beings, the details of Kirk’s misions, and early Klingon characterization. Does the Klingon introduction go smoothly? Mark joins me to discuss all this and more!

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The Devil in the Dark – Ft. Mark

When the Enterprise is called to a mining planet to stop a murderous monster, Kirk and Spock are forced to consider a different perspective! The Devil in the Dark is a pretty famous episode of TOS, but how does it hold up? Mark joins me to discuss fuchsia jumpsuits, acid burns on your hands, and the ethics of mind melding!

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This Side of Paradise – Ft. Modi Operandus

Spores! When the Enterprise discovers a planet filled with happy people contentedly gardening, it’s up to Kirk to completely destroy their way of life. Plus, some crazy plants shoot spores everywhere and make Spock feel emotion. Modi joins me for a discussion about the ethics of hedonism, Vulcan love interests, and squatting on mushrooms!

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A Taste of Armageddon

When the Enterprise discovers a planet that has been waging a simulated war for 500 years, Kirk must do his best to convince a stubborn people that they have no reason to fight any longer. A solid episode built around an interesting concept, A Taste of Armageddon uses the show’s sci-fi trappings extremely well. Wes is alone on this mission (guests will be returning soon!), so join him as he discusses simulated wars, generic middles, and sitting on people!

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Space Seed – Ft. Clay

KAAAAAAHHHHNNN! Well… not yet. When the Enterprise encounters a sleeper ship of genetically engineered supermen from the 1990’s, Kirk meets the man who will eventually become his greatest adversary. In the meantime, we get to enjoy some tai chi and technical manuals! Clay stops by to discuss the origin of the Kahn character, and we touch on other topics that include: 23rd century women vs. The Game, the many outfits of genetically engineered supermen, and Scotty’s favorite dictators!

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Arena – Ft. Modi Operandus

Kirk fought the Gorn, and time stood still! When the Enterprise is attacked at a destroyed colony, Kirk and an alien captain are transported to a desolate world and told to fight to the death. Will Kirk’s karate chops be enough to slay the incredibly slow lizard-man? Modi stops by to discuss Kirk’s grenade launcher, assuming all technology is a recording device, and piles of colorful dust!

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Balance of Terror – Ft. Clay

When the Enterprise encounters a powerful Romulan ship, Kirk engages that ship’s commander in a battle of wits and explosions! Balance of Terror is a Trek take on submarine battle films, and has the important job of introducing the Romulans, Trek’s longest running antagonist. Clay joins me to discuss Romulan motivations, racism on board the Enterprise, and unfortunate deaths!

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The Conscience of the King – Ft. Clay

Kodos the Executioner was responsible for the deaths of 4,000 people: could he possibly be on board the Enterprise, posing as a Shakespearean actor? When Kirk discovers the possibility that his old nemesis Kodos might still be alive, he sets off on a confusing adventure to right the wrongs of the past! Clay joins me to discuss Shakespeare, recording the captain’s log, and throwing phasers down the garbage chute!

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The Man Trap – Ft. Modi Operandus

After beaming down to a desert planet, Dr McCoy runs into an old flame from his past. However, she looks like she hasn’t aged a day! Soon after, dead bodies start to pile up and salt becomes a vital commodity! The Man Trap is a mystery filled with romance, illusions, and salt tablets! Modi stops by to discuss unfortunate reveals, beating up women, and the last buffalo!

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